Summer Break Greetings

2019 started with a few challenges and some restructuring at xart splitta.

However we also look back on a number of joyful moments. Since Feburary 2019 we are happy to welcome our new colleague Juliana Kolberg in our team. Besides this various inspiring and beautiful events took place within the context of our work.

For the second half of this year we are looking forward to the continuation of our project “Passing It On”, with two more interesting contemporary witness talks and a concluding two-day Winter School, which will take place on 15th and 16th November 2019 in the Nachbarschaftshaus Urbanstraße. You can find out more about “Passing It On” and the Winter School here (German).

Due to the restructuring, which started at xart splitta in the first half of the year, we have fewer events in store for you, than is usually the case. Nonetheless in addition to “Passing it On” there will be a series of workshops taking place starting in October. Details will be available on our homepage from September onwards.

Since June 2019 we are a member of the Migrationsrat Berlin e.V. and are looking forward to working together in the near future.

For now it’s time for the summer break. Our programme will continue in September. Do check our homepage for more information.

We wish everyone a wonderful summer!

Your xart splitta Team

Screening & Presentation: Katha Vachak / Storyteller

Wednesday, July 3rd 2019, 7pm

‘Katha Vachak / Storyteller’, India, 2019, 23 mins

The screening will be followed by a presentation by and Q&A with the director Deepak Srinivasan.

Harihar is a common male Indian name. ‘Hari-Hara’ is a composite Sanskrit term meaning a coming together of Shiva-Vishnu’s energies, Shiva and Vishnu being two male gods. In the film, a young man, Harihar, gets dragged to an event by his mother where he finds a storyteller, telling the story of god, Shiva’s conflict with a demon who gains a powerful boon from the god that backfires. As the popular mythical story goes, god Shiva is saved from the demon by the helpful intervention of a trickster male god, Vishnu. The South-Indian version of the story goes on further to narrate the resulting romance of the two gods and the birth of their offspring, the god Ayappa (also named Hari-Hara). As Harihar listens to the story, repressed adolescent desires surface as he finds an affirmative voice within his tradition and cultural milieu, which (he previously may have felt) had shunned him. He comes to terms with his own self and comes out regarding his sexuality.

Deepak Srinivasan is a Bangalore-based performer, storyteller, designer and educator with 15 years of practice in performing arts, radio, film, community media, design and pedagogy. After a BSc and MS in earth and life sciences, Deepak’s interests shifted to media, art & design as methods for trans-disciplinary inquiry.
Deepak has trained in performing arts and community theatre with prominent Indian theatre practitioners (2005-2008).
His work in community theatre has spanned many youth groups and other special communities such as street-based sex-workers. His interests include gender, ecology, creative education design, urban space design, knowledge system practices, modernity and its intersections with historic process, oral histories and collective memory. Deepak presently has his own Design Practice and is Adjunct Faculty at School of Design, Presidency University, Bangalore.

The screening is free of charge. Donations are warmly welcome!

Dissolving Territories | 6+ Frequencies

Donnerstag, 20. Juni 2019, 19h @ aquarium am Südblock

Gesprächspartnerin: Maya Bastian (via Skype)

© Sinthujan Varatharajah

Wie hören wir (von) einander in der Verdrängung? Wie werden Stimmen, Lieder und Gedächtnisklänge über Entfernungen transportiert? Hat das Exil einen Klang?

In unserer letzten Sitzung für dieses Jahr werden wir die Klanglandschaften des Exils erforschen, indem wir darüber nachdenken, was Töne und Geräusche unter solchen Bedingungen bedeuten können: wie sie sich unter Massenverlagerungen bewegen, verändern und manifestieren. Mit der Zentrierung der Rolle von Kommunikationsmedien, von Telefonleitung über Radiosender bis zu Viber, versuchen wir, die vielfältigen Bedeutungen modernen Technologie für ein staatenloses Volk zu verstehen.

Dieses mal wird auch eine Zusammenarbeit mit der bildenden Künstlerin Elif Kücük stattfinden:

Sinthujan Varatharajah hat gemeinsam mit Iris Rajanayagam (Leitung xart splitta) die Reihe »Dissolving Territories« initiiert und konzipiert. Varatharajah ist Essayist*in, Researcher und derzeit Open City Fellow der Open Society Foundation sowie Doktorand*in in Politischer Geographie (UCL). Sinthujan arbeitet und forscht zum Thema Geographien der (Ohn)Macht und räumlichen Widerstandspraktiken und hat einen MSc. in Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies (LSE).

Maya Bastian ist Filmemacherin und konzentriert sich auf Kurzfilme und Dokumentationen, die auf internationalen Festivals gezeigt wurden. Ihre Filme, die sich vor allem mit Fragen der sozialen Gerechtigkeit befassen, reichen von narrativ über dokumentarisch bis experimentell. Als investigative Videojournalistin hat sie mehrere Jahre lang die Welt bereist und Bereiche von Konflikten und Post-Konflikten dokumentiert, bis hin zu ihrem neuesten narrativen Kurzfilm “Air Show” über die Auswirkungen der Toronto Air Show auf Neuankömmlinge.
Sie erhielt den Magee TV Diverse Screenwriting Mentorship Award 2017, der als einer der Emerging 20 des Reelworld Film Festivals ausgewählt wurde, und wurde kürzlich beim Regent Park Film Festivals zum Home Made Visible artists gewählt.

Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Lautsprache statt. Der Veranstaltungsort ist mit Rollstuhl erreichbar. Eine Rollstuhlgerechte Toilette ist vorhanden.

Mehr zur Reihe:

»Dissolving Territories« Teil II wird gefördert von der Berliner Landeszentrale für politische Bildung.

Dissolving Territories – 6+ Frequencies

June 20th 2019, 7pm, @ aquarium am Südblock

Guest Speaker: Maya Bastian

© Sinthujan Varatharajah

How do we hear (from) each other in displacement?  How are voices, songs and sound memories transported through distances? Does exile have a sound?

In our final session for this year, we will explore the soundscapes of exile by considering what sounds and noises can mean under such conditions: how they travel, alter and manifest under mass displacement. Centering the roles of communication media, from telephone lines to radio stations to Viber, we attempt to understand the multiple meanings of modern technology for a stateless people.

This session will also feature a collaboration with the visual artist Elif Kücük:

Sinthujan Varatharajah initiated and conceptualised the series »Dissolving Territories« together with Iris Rajanayagam (director xart splitta). Varatharajah is an essayist, researcher and currently Open City Fellow of the Open Society Foundation and a PhD student in Political Geography (UCL). Sinthujan works and researches the geography of power(lessness) and spatial resistance practices and holds an MSc. in Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies (LSE).

Maya Bastian is a filmmaker, focusing on short films and documentaries that have screened at festivals around the world. Primarily focusing on social justice issues, her films range from narrative to documentary to experimental. She has spent several years traveling the world as an investigative video journalist, documenting areas of conflict and post-conflict culminating in her latest narrative short film ‘Air Show’, about the effect of the Toronto Air Show on newcomer refugees. She is the recipient of the 2017 Magee TV Diverse Screenwriting Mentorship Award was selected as one of Reelworld Film Festival’s Emerging 20, and has been recently chosen as one of Regent Park Film Festival’s Home Made Visible artists.

The event will be held in spoken English. The location including the bathroom is wheelchair accessible.

More information regarding the series:

»Dissolving Territories« part II is funded by the Regional Centre for Civic Education Berlin.

Film–Workshop with Elliot Blue for Trans*, Inter & Non-Binary

Saturday, 22th June 2019 & Sunday, 23th June 2019
both days 11am – 5pm


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The workshop will entail the fundamentals of technical and creative structuring of movies through the creation of 1-2 minute films. The participants will learn how to use the equipment to create images and sounds and edit them together for a finished product. The workshops skill level is for beginners.

We can provide space for 8-10 people, so please send us a registration ( till the 14th of June.
This workshop is open to Trans*, Inter and Non-Binary People only, BIPoCs registrations will be preferred. Due to this please write us a few words about yourself.
The workshop will take place in English (and/or German) spoken language and is free of charge, but if you can give something, we would appreciate a donation.

After the workshop there will be a film screening. Those of you who would like to, can show their short films there – but this is not a must for attending the workshop.

We will do our best to provide all of the equipment; at the moment we still need laptops with Adobe Premiere CS6 and/or DaVinci Resolve for cutting the films. If you have one and you’re willing to share, we’d be very thankful (please add this in your registration too – Thank you!).

Elliot Blue is an interdisciplinary artist whose practise focuses mostly on filmmaking and designing light. They studied film and motion design for 3 years and Camera and lights for film for a year and now work as a freelance filmmaker and lighting technician for different organisations and companies around Berlin. Since 2016 they give film-workshops to people of all ages and preferably to people who experience marginalization, because they believe that creating your own narrative in the local medial landscape is a key to empower yourself.